How will Product Certification be impacted by Brexit?
The UK as a third country?
When the UK leaves the EU, it will automatically become a ‘third country’. As the UK will no longer be a Member State, it will no longer enjoy the benefits EU membership brings and all Union primary and secondary law will cease to apply to the UK.
Trade in goods and services between the UK and the EU will be affected. It will have an impact not only on the goods exported from Ireland but also imported goods that come into Ireland from the UK.
Post Brexit Certification?
The area of products certification will be changed post-Brexit as UK Notified Bodies will lose their status as EU Notified Bodies and will no longer have any formal legal status in the EU. Another repercussion is that UK Notified Bodies will be removed from the EU Commission's 'New Approach Notified and Designated Organisations'- NANDO database and will no longer be able to provide EU certification. Certificates of conformity from UK Notified Bodies will no longer be valid for the purposes of affixing 'CE' marking.
The ‘Nando’ EU commission website updates and provides a listing of all current European wide Notified Bodies.
What will be the status of products marketed under self-declaration?
Post-Brexit, if you rely solely on self-declaration for your CE marking, you will still be able to access the EU market and you can also continue to access the UK market.